Centre for Information Literacy Research

Welcome to the Centre for Information Literacy Research. Launched in July 2007, our mission is to explore, illuminate and develop the field of information literacy through the conduct and stimulation of research and related activities.

Information literacy is a field of increasing interest worldwide. Webber and Johnston have defined it as follows:

“the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to obtain, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, together with critical awareness of the importance of wise and ethical use of information in society.”

The Centre aims:
  • To develop the research agenda for information literacy;

  • To carry out research, with particular attention to the priority areas listed on the CILR: Research Priorities and Projects page (see the "See also" box to the right);

  • To pursue opportunities for research funding;

  • To develop research capacity, in particular through inquiry-based educational programmes;

  • To share discoveries, through scholarship, learning, teaching, innovation and other activities, and encourage take-up by the practitioner community;

  • To extend and develop alliances and collaboration with the international community of information literacy and information behaviour researchers in furtherance of these aims.

We are building on existing research and teaching excellence in the fields of information literacy and information behaviour within the Information School. This activity includes funded research projects, publications, research events, invited talks and seminars at national and international conferences, and participation in specialist networks and associations.
Our webpages provide you with more information about our aims, activities and the people in the Centre.

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